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DIY book strap for kids

Hi there! today I want to share with you how to make a quick and easy book strap for kids.

My daughter has changed schools and she needs to go from one classroom to another carrying different books for each class. So we decided she needed book straps ๐Ÿ™‚

In this post I want to show you how easy it was to make it. Since then we have made several different ones using different color elastics and fabrics.

Materials and equipment:

  • Sewing machine (I use a Bernina 475 QE)
  • Elastic 38 cm long and 2 cm wide (this measurement will change depending on the width of your books)
  • Felted fabric
  • Tulle 6 cm by 6 cm
  • Sewing thread

Step 1:

Grab your materials and measure your books.

My daughter wanted a love heart book strap so I drew 2 half love hearts in cardboard in 2 different sizes.

Fold the felted fabric and place the hearts on top of the folded edge.

Mark with a pencil and cut around it.

You will have 2 hearts in felted fabric in 2 different sizes ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 2:

Place the smaller heart on top of the big one.

Sew them together using a  decorative stitch.

Roll the tulle square and pin in the middle of the felted heart.

This is optional but I decided to add a little contrasting piece of red felted fabric and sew it on top of the tulle for some extra detail.

Step 3:

Measure your books and cut the elastic to fit the size. Be sure to reduce the size of the elastic by 5 cm so that the books are tightly wrapped around with the elastic.

Sew the elastic and cut the excess.

Now we need to sew the heart to the elastic strap.

Sew the heart to the strap by sewing through the middle of the red felted fabric.

Voila! The book strap is completed!

If you liked this project and want to learn how to make a super easy kids fabric pencil case check out this tutorial.


Free sewing instructions: Book strap for kids

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